St. Louis Gateway eGazette - June 2013

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June 2013

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SBA Administrator Marie Johns speaks at St. Louis SBW Lender Award Luncheon

SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns speaks at the Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri Lenders Award Luncheon. 

SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns Visits St. Louis

SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns visited St. Louis on May 6, 2013.  While in St. Louis, she met the St. Louis Mayor and County Executive, toured the Helix Center Biotech Incubator, visited the Bio Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park and while there conducted a round table with government officials and small businesses from the St. Louis Bioscience Jobs and Innovation Challenge cluster.  Later that day she spoke at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity National Conference and at the Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri Small Business Lenders Award Luncheon.  She also met with SBA’s St. Louis District Office staff and resource partners. 

Deputy Administrator Johns enjoyed lunch at local eateries Pappy’s Smokehouse and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.  “Wonderful! Fantastic!” were her descriptions.  She and her staff assistant said that that when they return to St. Louis they will definitely go back to both restaurants. 

Marie Johns with SBA St. Louis staff and resource partners

SBA Deputy Administrator met with SBA St. Louis staff and resource partners.

Visitors from Turkmenistan

Business leaders from Turkmenistan attending World Affairs Council/US Library of Congress Open World Program visited the St. Louis District Office for a briefing on SBA programs on April 25, 2013. 

Dennis S. Melton, SBA St. Louis District Director

Dennis S. Melton
SBA St. Louis District Director

District Director's Corner

There is a nationwide and government wide push to urge entrepreneurs and small business owners to think globally. Exporting makes sense for businesses, including small businesses, that have products or services that buyers in Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere around the world can purchase or use. Keep in mind that ninety-five percent of potential customers (two-thirds of the world’s purchasing power) are outside the US; so focusing solely on domestic sales means you’re competing for only five percent of your target market. >Read More

STL - David Steward

National Small Business Week - St. Louis to Feature Armchair Interview between WWT Chairman David Steward and SBA Administrator Karen Mills

David Steward, Chairman of the Board and founder of World Wide Technology, Inc., (WWT), returns to his SBA roots in an armchair interview with SBA Administrator Karen Mills during National Small Business Week.  Steward credits much of his success to participation in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program and the members of SBA’s St. Louis District Office staff, including now Deputy District Director Maureen Brinkley and Economic Development Specialist Patti Guttmann.  WWT revenues now exceed $5 Billion annually.   The armchair interview with Steward and Mills will be held at Harris Stowe State University in St. Louis at 11:15 a.m. on June 19, 2013.  Registration is required and seating is limited.  Visit and click on the picture of St. Louis for the registration link.  To find out more about the 8(a) Business Development Program, contact Gary Alexander at or 314-539-6600 extension 231.  Read more about David Steward and World Wide Technology here.

Small Business Healthcare Insurance Questions Answered

By Patricia Brown-Dixon, Regional Administrator, SBA; and Stephene Moore, Regional Director, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Q. - As a small business owner where can I get information on the Affordable Care Act?
A. - This is a good time to gather the information you will need to make good business decisions on providing health insurance for yourself, you family and your employees.  On the web, visit – the site is geared toward consumers providing general information about the Healthcare Marketplaces.  Sign up for email and/or text message updates at  From the SBA:  Sign up for Region 7 News at: informing small businesses on a variety of issues including health care. An updated SBA Healthcare Blog is located at:; and be sure to visit to check your options by the size of your business .

We will have more to share as the summer moves along, or give us a call at the SBA St. Louis District Office!

Carla Reid, Owner of Elevated Man

Shave and a Haircut and Some Community Involvement for You, Mister?

How Grace Hill Women’s Business Center and an SBA Microloan Made a (Revised) Dream Come True

When Carla Reid signed up for Grace Hill Women’s Business Centers’ Business Development Class she really had no intention of opening a business—ever. With her background and passion in social services, her goal was to open a non-profit entity to offer men in the community employment training and computer skills classes to help them find work. Maybe in the distant future she could build a reputation and get client referrals from area agencies. But after a friend mentioned the business development class,she was curious and signed up. 

Thanks to the class, and help from the SBA Microloan program, she’s turned her dream to help her clients into a for-profit business. >Read More

Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri 2013 Winners

Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri winners are pictured with Dennis Melton, SBA St. Louis District Director and Chris McCoy, Small Business Week Committee Chair, Regions Bank.  Winners are (from left to right): David Ott, Acropolis Investment Management; Scott Mosher, The SOHO Shop; Bryan Jefferson, The SOHO Shop; Dannelle Ward, Acropolis Investment Management; Terry Cooke, Bloomsdale Fabrication & Welding; Mary Anne Flynn Auer, Wexford Labs; Chris McCoy; Tiffany Hoeckelman, Lone Orange Marketing Design; Dennis Melton.  Not pictured: Tony Clayton, Clayton Agri-Marketing, Inc.; Coiley Reeves, Jr., The SOHO Shop; Jeanine Clontz, Accurate Business Services; Christopher Lissner, Acropolis Investment Management; Michael Lissner, Acropolis Investment Management.

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Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri Winners Honored

The winners of Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri were honored at the Annual SBA Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 9, 2013.  See the list of winners here.  Winner videos will be posted soon at

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2013 St. Louis Lender Luncheon

Top Eastern Missouri SBA Lenders Honored at Small Business Week Luncheon

Small Business Week of Eastern Missouri kicked off on May 6 with the 2013 Lender Awards Luncheon.  Over 100 SBA lenders and resource partners from throughout the eastern half of Missouri attended the luncheon.  Marie Johns, Deputy Administrator of the SBA, spoke briefly highlighting how SBA programs have assisted small businesses in helping the American economy achieve 38 consecutive months of job growth.  >Read More

Lender Awards

Eastern Missouri SBA Forms Export Outreach Team to Help Small Businesses Sell Globally

Dennis S. Melton, District Director of the St. Louis District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced the formation of SBA’s Eastern Missouri Export Outreach Team on May 14, 2013.  The team’s goal is to coordinate collaboration between agencies that provide assistance to small business exporters.  >Read More

Find previous editions of the St. Louis Gateway eGazette here.

SBA Supports “Hiring Our Heroes” Job Fair in Cape Girardeau  
On May 29th, 2013, more than 70 veterans and their spouses turned out for the “Hiring Our Heroes” Job Fair held at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau, MO. >Read More

STL - Hiring Our Heroes Cape Girardeau

Angie Wells, SBA St. Louis' Veterans' Representative, speaks with potential small business owners.

Upcoming Events

Win Government Contracts Through the 8(a) Program When: June 13, 2013, 10:00 am  - 11:30 am
Where: SBA St. Louis District Office, RAY Federal Building, 1222 Spruce St., Ste. 10.103, St. Louis, MO, 63103
What: Explanation of the 8(a) Business Development Program, including eligibility requirements, and how to apply.
RSVP: Gary Alexander at or 314-539-6600 extension 231 

To find events close to you, including events sponsored by our resource partners, please visit
and input your zip code.  You can further narrow the search if you filter by the Missouri (St. Louis) office.

What Is an Elevator Speech (or Pitch) and Why Do I Need One?  
“What do you do?” That question represents a golden opportunity for you to market yourself and your business to a potential client. In most cases you have just a few seconds – about as long as it takes for an elevator to travel from the lobby to the penthouse – to get your message across and engage your listener’s interest. >Read More 

National Small Business Week is Coming to St. Louis and You are Invited!  Check out for the details!

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National Small Business Week comes to St. Louis on June 19, 2013.

Sign up now at Click on the picture of St. Louis.

Harris-Stowe State University
3026 Laclede Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT)

8:00 AM
Registration Opens

8:30 AM
Speed Mentoring

9:00 AM
Welcome Remarks

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Plenary Session

A) 'Growing and Going Global'

B) 'St. Louis Entrepreneurial Ecosystem'

C) Armchair Interview with SBA Administrator Karen Mills and Chairman of World Wide Technology David Steward

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Breakout Sessions and Boxed Lunch (Choose one)

Session 1
Small Business Supply Chain

Session 2
Finding Capital for Your Business

Session 3
Affordable Care Act 101

Session 4
Entrepreneurship for New Americans

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Do you have a burning question you want to ask an SBA staff member?  Send your question to Nicki Massie at and see the answer in an upcoming newsletter.

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SBA Region 7 Administrator Pat Brown-Dixon

SBA's Region VII Administrator Pat Brown-Dixon gives welcoming remarks at the St. Louis NAGGL Conference.

SBA St. Louis District Office

1222 Spruce Street
Suite 10.103
St. Louis, MO 63103

Ask us how we can connect you with technical assistance and counseling, and financing options to start or grow your small business.

Looking for our Resource Partners?

Veterans Business Resource Center (VBRC)
315 Lemay Ferry Rd, #114
St. Louis, MO 63125
314- 531-VETS (8387)

Grace Hill Women's Business Center (Grace Hill WBC)
2125 Bissell
St. Louis, MO 63107

Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers (SBTDC)

St. Louis SCORE
1222 Spruce Street
Suite 10.103
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-539-6600 extension 242
Please call for availability.
Other locations

Mid Missouri SCORE
300 South Providence Road
Columbia Chamber of Commerce
Columbia, MO 65203


US Export Assistance Center (USEAC) St. Louis

SBA Senior International Trade Specialist for Kansas, Missouri & Nebraska
John Blum
Office: 314-260-3788
Blackberry: 314-305-5080

St. Louis District Office Staff

District Director
Dennis S. Melton
Extension 244, Blackberry: 314-775-5170

Deputy District Director
Maureen E. Brinkley
Extension 252, Blackberry: 314-412-5283

Senior Area Manager
Columbia AWS
Bob Newman
Extension 239
Columbia Office Number: 573-256-1794
Blackberry: 636-358-5941

Area Manager
Cape Girardeau AWS
Bill Vickery
Blackberry: 573-225-9407

Economic Development Specialist
Small Business Week
Patti Guttmann
Extension 255

Economic Development Specialist
Veterans’ Representative
Women’s Representative
Angie Wells
Extension 223

Business Opportunity Specialist
Gary Alexander
Extension 231

Lender Relations Specialist
Tom Daiber
Extension 236, Blackberry: 314-520-4591

Public Affairs Specialist
Administrative Officer
Nicki Massie
Extension 229